“I Attempt To Present The Youthful Swimmers That I am Nonetheless Right here”



The penultimate night time of competitors on the 2023 French Elite Championships wrapped up final night time from Rennes which implies we solely have yet one more session of finals to transpire.

Hear what the medalists needed to say about their performances with their post-race reflections supplied by the French Swimming Federation (FFN).

Emma Terebo, ladies’s 200m again gold medalist (2:09.35)

Already this morning it was a fantastic reduction to see that I used to be capable of find time for the Worlds. However we needed to affirm it tonight and I’m actually blissful. There have been moments of doubt after the 100m backstroke, however there was no time to query every thing. I used to be decided, motivated I informed myself that the 200m was in two days and that it was not over. I needed to bounce again and present that it wasn’t the tip. This morning, I stated to myself that to revive my confidence and go calmly within the last, I needed to get again in place and go there with management. I used to be at full pace this morning, however simpler than tonight (laughs). My purpose in Fukuoka shall be to achieve the ultimate, that’s all I’m aiming for.”

Léon Marchand, males’s 400m IM gold medalist (4:10.57)

It’s not simple to compete in a 400m medley after 5 days of competitors. We needed to work arduous within the morning to be effectively positioned this night. I wished to swim beneath 4’10 and sadly I didn’t, however I used to be shut. It stings particularly since I’m not in my finest form in the intervening time. My household is current within the stands and that offers me quite a lot of power. I attempt to use it additionally throughout my races. It’s good to have the ability to push whenever you’re not at your finest.”

Mélanie Henique, ladies’s 50m fly gold medalist (25.24)

I’m blissful, I had an excellent race. It appeared simpler to me with out respiration. I really feel nearer to the water, flatter. We’re trying ahead to this summer time. It’s my finest time of the season and eight hundredths off the French document then we’re going straight to 24 seconds. What I labored on within the 50m freestyle routinely transfers to the butterfly. I don’t essentially must work on it, I’ve been doing it for thus lengthy, it’s extra pure. I really feel that it’s falling into place. We’re ready however not 100% for these championships. It feels actually good to do these performances and I’m so blissful to have received the 50m freestyle and butterfly. We’re coming again robust!”

Florent Manaudou, males’s 50m free gold medalist (21.62) 

This title is a pleasure as a result of it’s been some time since I had one. I’m a bit upset to not swim a bit sooner. However I wished to alter issues and see how what would occur. I nonetheless have quite a lot of work to do for the world championships. I wished to swim 21.5 in France to go to 21.3 on the Worlds. Maxime isn’t just anybody. He’s one in all my largest rivals. very cool, we get alongside very effectively and we attempt to present the youngest that we’re nonetheless right here. It was cool to swim in entrance of Laure (Manaudou, current in Rennes), it had been some time since she had come to look at me swim. I hope she shall be there subsequent yr. I don’t suppose she’s coming to Japan, it’s a bit far (laughs), however in any case in Chartres (place of the 2024 French championships), I hope she shall be there.”

Maxime Grousset, males’s 50m free silver medalist (21.78)

It was an excellent duel and above all an excellent time. Earlier than the world championships, it’s necessary to expertise this type of race. It was actually good tonight.  »

Anastasiia Kirpichnikova, ladies’s 800m free gold medalist (8:27.52) 

I’m blissful however the time isn’t excellent. I hope will probably be higher on the world championships. Mentally it’s not simple as a result of it’s been a very long time since I raced in a contest with a lot at stake. Crucial would be the Worlds and I hope will probably be higher there. There are lots of people within the viewers at this competitors. I hope they suppose effectively of me. It’s actually necessary to me. I hear them applaud me throughout my races and it does me quite a lot of good.”


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